From Normandy we travelled south to Gascony, in search of some new crisp, fresh white wines. It really is a beautiful, tranquil area of gently rolling hills, small bastide villages and blue skies. The international grape varieties commonly grown are Sauvignon and Colombard, but there are also some local varieties, notably Gros Manseng. Traditionally this made sweet wines, but blended with Sauvignon and Colombard it makes some lovely fresh white wines with more body and flavours of peach and apricot. We stayed in the “round village” of Faucères, so-called because there is a large round area of shady tress in the centre with little alleyways of stone-built houses off to the side. They call it the one of the prettiest villages in France.
Here's a little video